Friday Links

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We had hoped Kevin Underhill of the Lowering The Bar blog would comment upon the Morrissey/TSA debacle, and he did not disappoint. Since this is Friday Links, we’re obligated to find a comic book cover to post, and of course, we thought of the cover above, a mash-up of Action Comics and The Smiths, the famous band of which Morrissey was a part. The mash-up series – which features a number of covers with super heroes and college rock bands – was designed by a Butcher Billy, a Brazillian designer, a few years ago. For more information on that delightful project, please see here.

Yes, an appellate court has cited to the HBO television series, “The Wire.” Of course, you’d think they would have quoted Omar Little. (Hat Tip: Above The Law).

Our favorite legal tweet of the week:

Speaking of Twitter, are you following our writers Stuart Mauney, Kyle White, and Nick Farr?

Friday Links

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Since we post a comic book cover most Fridays here at Abnormal Use, we’d be remiss if we did not at least mention the release of the new film, Ant-Man. We saw it, we enjoyed it, and we delighted in the reference to The Cure’s finest album, Disintegration. (You’ll need to see the film to understand that bit.). Above, you’ll find the cover of The Avengers #161, published way, way back in 1977. Of course, the Ant-Man depicted on the cover is Hank Pym (the character played by Michael Douglas in the new movie) and not Scott Lang (the protagonist portrayed by Paul Rudd). As Avengers purists, though, we’re content with that. If you’ve not yet seen the film, we recommend it (although we don’t plan to review it here).

Our friend Kevin Underhill at Lowering The Bar has alerted us to a lawyer advertisement featuring actor Danny Trejo. To see it, which you must do, click here.

If you’re in Asheville for the South Carolina Association of Defense Trial Attorneys Association conference, please say hello to the GWB lawyers there!

Guess what time of year it is again?

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So, it call comes back to “The Simpsons” sometimes. Above, you’l find an image of the “I Can’t Believe It’s A Law Firm” location. That, of course, is the headquarters of lawyer Lionel Hutz, who first appeared on the television series way, way back in 1991. Hutz, who was voiced by the late, great Phil Hartman, was always a favorite character of ours, for obvious reasons. We’ve yet to find a Simpsons comic book cover featuring the Hutz character, and so we may spend some time this weekend attempting to do so.

By the way, who is excited about the return of “Bloom County”? Back in 2011, we featured a legally themed “Bloom County” strip right here on Friday Links. Don’t remember that? Well, click here to revisit that post, which was dedicated to “Steve’s Law Tips.”

Remember four years ago when we compiled our giant list of songs about lawyers, judges, and attorneys?

Come on! You know you want to follow us on Twitter here and Facebook here! Join us on the social media and say hello!

We can definitely relate to our favorite legal tweet of late:

Ending the Epidemic of Lawyers’ Depression and Substance Abuse Disorders

As you know, we here at Abnormal Use often contribute content to other publications, and this week is no exception. Recently, the American Bar Association’s Tortsource, the official publication of its Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, ran a piece by our own Stuart Mauney entitled “Ending the Epidemic of Lawyers’ Depression and Substance Abuse Disorders.” The first few paragraphs are as follows:

We know lawyers are especially vulnerable to depression, suicide, and substance abuse disorders. But why is that? And once we know why, what can we do about it? A lawyer commentator rhetorically asked, “Does the way that lawyers are encouraged to think and work make them vulnerable to depression?” (posted at www.legalcheek.com, Sept. 19, 2013). She began to answer by referencing circumstances familiar to busy lawyers: long hours, heavy workload, and lack of job security. But as she points out, there must be something more insidious at work.

First, she reminds us that lawyers are trained—and often are temperamentally inclined—to analyze and pick apart issues. But we may turn that analytical instinct inward and begin to criticize ourselves. As the commentator suggests, “while a bit of self-analysis can be healthy, brooding on your mistakes can be profoundly self-destructive.”

Further, she says the “prevailing culture of 24/7 availability only makes matters worse.” Then there is the unwritten expectation that lawyers should put their work and law firm first. The lawyer commentator concludes by suggesting that if we are predisposed to depression anyway or suddenly face extra personal or professional pressures, “the way we’re encouraged to think and work can be a
real problem.”

For more, please see the ABA’s website here.

James Brogdon and Lindsay Joyner Named “Stars of the Quarter” by the South Carolina Bar’s Young Lawyers Division

We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. are pleased to announce that attorneys James Brogdon and Lindsay Joyner have been honored by the South Carolina Bar’s Young Lawyers Division as “Stars of the Quarter.”  The award recognizes Brogdon and Joyner for their contributions and dedication to the Young Lawyers Division during the fourth quarter of the 2014-2015 year. Lindsay, you may recall, is a writer here at Abnormal Use, and you can read her past posts here.

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For some reason or another, our WordPress platform is not allowing us to upload images today. Alas! What are we to do?

A question: Will “Ed,” the early 2000’s television show about the bowling alley lawyer, ever arrive on DVD?

Why aren’t you following Abnormal Use on Facebook and Twitter? You can do so here and here!

Our favorite legal tweet of late revisits a familiar theme:

Indiana Federal Court Remarks Upon Social Media Evidence Authentication

As you know, we here at Abnormal Use often remark upon social media evidence in litigation and attempts to authenticate such evidence in an employment discrimination case.

Here are some thoughts from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on social media evidence authentication:

These exhibits purport to be Facebook conversations between Plaintiff and [the defendant’s former] employees in support of her reduction in force allegations. She appears to have re-typed the conversations on clean sheets of paper and submitted them as her evidence. There is no documentation from Facebook detailing these conversations or any other indicia of reliability; consequently, the exhibits are unreliable and will not be considered.

See Maddox v. Meridian Sec. Ins. Co., No. 1:13–cv–01551–RLY–DML (S.D. Ind. June 30, 2015).

Ouch. As you might suspect, the Plaintiff was pro se.

Happy Fourth of July!

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Happy Fourth of July from the Abnormal Use law blog and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A.!

We hope you have a festive and safe holiday weekend.

We’ll see you again on Monday.

(By the way, above, that’s the cover of Superman #24, published way, way back in 1943. How about that?).

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We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. hope that you all are enjoying the beginning of the July 4th weekend. In honor of the occasion, our offices are closed today. Above, you’ll find the cover of Roy Rogers and the 4th of July Bandits #1. We’re not certain of the plot, but it seemed like a somewhat appropriate cover for today’s edition of Friday Links. Fear not, we’ll find a better one for tomorrow’s post! If the website ComicVine is to be believed, this comic book was first published in 1990, many decades after the time we would have thought it would have been.

We hope everyone has a safe holiday weekend!

Our favorite legally themed tweet of the week focuses upon iTunes:

GWB Calls For Removal Of Confederate Flag From South Carolina Statehouse Grounds

We have witnessed the tragic deaths of nine members of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. joins the citizens of our state in grieving for the victims and their families.

Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. also stands together with Governor Haley, legislators, and community leaders in supporting the removal of the confederate flag from the statehouse grounds. The tragedy of these deaths will forever remain, but the removal of this divisive symbol from the statehouse grounds will promote harmony and stand as a legacy of remembrance of those slain.